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Monk Habits For Everyday People

Monk Habits For Everyday People
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Monk Habits For Everyday People

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When Dennis Okholm began exploring the roots of contemporary Benedictine monasticism, he quickly found that St. Benedict has as much to offer Protestants as he does Roman Catholics. In Monk Habits for Everyday People, Okholm--a professor who was raised as a Pentecostal and a Baptist--uses his profound experience with Benedictine spirituality to show how it can enrich the lives and prayer practices of Protestants.

Okholm unpacks the Rule of St. Benedict--a practical guide for living the Christian faith and cultivating Christian virtue--by reflecting on aspects of spirituality such as listening, poverty, obedience, humility, hospitality, stability, and balance. His insights are invaluable to contemporary Christians, who, Okholm observes, have become consumers of religion rather than cultivators of a spiritual life. Readers will emerge not only with the desire to use the habits of monks to enhance their discipleship but also with the tools to start them on the journey.

Candid and engaging, Monk Habits for Everyday People is a valuable guide for Protestants seeking an accessible introduction to this classical resource for spiritual growth.
-Publisher.

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When Dennis Okholm began exploring the roots of contemporary Benedictine monasticism, he quickly found that St. Benedict has as much to offer Protestants as he does Roman Catholics. In Monk Habits for Everyday People, Okholm--a professor who was raised as a Pentecostal and a Baptist--uses his profound experience with Benedictine spirituality to show how it can enrich the lives and prayer practices of Protestants.

Okholm unpacks the Rule of St. Benedict--a practical guide for living the Christian faith and cultivating Christian virtue--by reflecting on aspects of spirituality such as listening, poverty, obedience, humility, hospitality, stability, and balance. His insights are invaluable to contemporary Christians, who, Okholm observes, have become consumers of religion rather than cultivators of a spiritual life. Readers will emerge not only with the desire to use the habits of monks to enhance their discipleship but also with the tools to start them on the journey.

Candid and engaging, Monk Habits for Everyday People is a valuable guide for Protestants seeking an accessible introduction to this classical resource for spiritual growth.
-Publisher.


- Koorong

In their zeal for reform, early Protestant leaders tended to throw out Saint Benedict with the holy water. That is a mistake, writes Dennis Okholm, in Monk Habits for Everyday People. While on retreat in a Benedictine abbey, the author, a professor who was raised as a Pentecostal and a Baptist, observed how the meditative and ordered life of a monk lifted Jesus??? teachings off the printed page and put them into daily practice. Vital aspects of devotion, humility, obedience, hospitality, and evangelism took on new clarity and meaning. Paralleling that experience, Okholm guides the reader on a focused and instructive journey that can revitalize the devotional life of any Christian who wants to slow down and dig deeper.
- Publisher

"Today, in any Benedictine guest house, one will encounter laypeople and clergy from a wide range of denominations. . . . Given this great diversity, the monastery choir and guest quarters become in effect ad-hoc ecumenical assemblies where Christians can enjoy what they have in common--the psalms, the gospels, and the Lord's Prayer--and not worry too much about what divides them. As a knowledgeable pastor and theologian, Dennis Okholm proves an excellent guide to this phenomenon, offering a fresh perspective on what attracts Protestants to monasteries. He demonstrates that it is not just another case of Americans shopping around for their spirituality, but a genuine reclaiming of the taproot of Christianity, a reconnecting with a religious tradition and way of life that predates all of the schisms in Christendom. His afterword, a reflection on the Protestant reformers and their original objections to monasticism, is particularly valuable. This memoir, gentle in tone and often humorous, is nonetheless full of challenges to Protestant comfort zones. . . . It is especially important that we now hear from Dennis Okholm, who reminds us that for all Christians, good spiritual habits are good for our spiritual health; that 'scripture is the original rule'; and that Christ is the point of it all, our true beginning and our end."--Kathleen Norris, author of The Cloister Walk (from the foreword)"Twenty years in the making, Dennis Okholm's Monk Habits is the perfect introduction to Benedictine spirituality for the earnest Protestant believer. In taking us on his own journey, he invites us to discover Benedict of Nursia and Benedict's myriad faithful followers over fifteen centuries. This represents an important bridge between evangelicalism and Catholicism. Highly recommended."--Tony Jones, national coordinator of Emergent Village, author of The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier"The practices of Benedictine monasticism have several times brought revitalization and spiritual focus back to the worldwide church at large. In this informative and irenic book, Dennis Okholm explains how the 'rule' of Benedict did the same for him personally as an evangelical professor and Presbyterian minister. The book's winsome portrait of the Benedictines--and, through their monastic practices, of Christ--makes for a spiritual feast. The historically minded will also benefit from Okholm's careful discussion of why more Protestants should pay greater heed to the Benedictine life."--Mark A. Noll, coauthor of Is the Reformation Over? An Evangelical Assessment of Contemporary Catholicism
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Dennis L Okholm

Dennis L. Okholm, (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) teaches in the department of theology and philosophy at Haggard School of Theology, Azusa Pacific University. Previously he was associate professor of theology at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He is also an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and an oblate of a Benedictine monastery (Blue Cloud Abbey, SD). He is also co-pastor of St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach, California. He has co-authored and co-edited several books, including two collections of papers presented at the annual Wheaton Theology Conference- Evangelicals & Scripture: Tradition, Authority and Hermeneutics and The Nature of Confession: Evangelicals & Post-liberals in Conversation, along with Christian Apologetics in the Postmodern World and Welcome to the Family: An Introduction to Evangelical Christianity (all in partnership with Timothy R. Phillips). He is a member of numerous societies and boards and received a grant to work on a book-length project on the seven deadly sins.

Table Of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
    1. What's A Good (protestant Evangelical) Boy Doin' In A Monastery?
    2. Why Benedictine Spirituality For Protestants?
    3. Learning To Listen
    4. Poverty: Sharing The Goods
    5. Obedience: Objectifying Providence
    6. Humility: Letting Go Of The Mask
    7. Hospitality: The Guest As Christ
    8. Stability: Staying Put To Get Somewhere
    9. Balance: God In Everything
    10. To Change The World!
    afterword: Why The Protestant Reformers Opposed Monasticism
    suggested Reading
    suggestions For Practicing Benedictine Spirituality
    notes

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  • Catalogue Code 263741
  • Product Code 9781587431852
  • ISBN 1587431858
  • EAN 9781587431852
  • Pages 144
  • Department General Books
  • Category Spiritual Growth
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Brazos Press
  • Publication Date Dec 2007
  • Sales Rank #77463
  • Dimensions 215 x 139 x 10 mm
  • Weight 0.210kg

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